”Awards are always wonderful to receive, but ultimately, my foundational intention for my photography is to pursue a nature-based activity that supports my love of learning, discovery, experiences, and personal growth.
While the primary intention of my photography journey isn’t centred around entering awards, I’ve come to appreciate the invaluable critique and feedback from the judges that some awards programs offer. For this reason, I feel I get the most value from programs that provide judges’ comments with the result for each image entered, awarded or otherwise.
Sometimes though, the feedback and comments may not reflect what I would prefer to hear, with constructive critique part of the process, it allows me to receive professional assessments of my work.
Even if I don’t necessarily agree with a comment provided (remembering that photography is a subjective craft), by taking the comments on board, I can better understand how I can refine my skills and creative vision.
It pleases me to say that often the comments received reassure me that my images hold their own merit and are just as deserving of recognition as any other.
The narrative for each image from the judges is equally helpful for the awarded images as it is for the images that garner praise without a notable award per se. Without this, how else could I understand the result provided… award-worthy or otherwise?
I may not enter all the award programs I choose every year. However, when I do, the process of submitting my work for professional assessment becomes a valuable aspect of my creative growth. It also provides me with validation of my work while supporting my desire to continually expand the boundaries of my learning zone.
Ultimately, entering selected awards programs aligns with my foundational intention for my photography… to pursue a nature-based activity that supports my love of learning, discovery, experiences, and personal growth.
Do you have a foundational intention that guides you on your photography journey? While it’s not mandatory to have one, having a personal intention can bolster your confidence in your own photographic endeavours. Also, in a society that frequently persuades us to compare our work with others, supports engagement in your craft according to your unique aspirations.
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